Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) A Rochester, NY, man was stopped by TSA officers at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport early this morning after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a loaded gun in the man’s carry-on bag.
TSA contacted the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police who responded and cited the man on a disorderly conduct charge. The FBI confiscated the .380 caliber handgun, which was loaded with six rounds. There was no impact to airport operations. The man was originally ticketed to fly to Orlando, but he missed his flight and was permitted to rebook on a later flight—minus his gun.
As a reminder, weapons—including guns—are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.